At Kann, Gourdet pays tribute to his heritage and culture by combining Haitian cuisine with seasonal foods from the Pacific Northwest. The spot began operating in August 2022 and has since garnered many accolades, including being named as “best restaurant” by a number of food reporters and critics around the Portland metro area and around the country.
Chef Vince Nguyen opened Berlu in the summer of 2019. The restaurant takes a contemporary approach to Vietnamese cuisine and features locally sourced ingredients in its multi-course tasting menu.
Prior to opening Berlu, Nguyen started his career at a two-Micheline star restaurant in Los Angeles before working in other restaurants Portland, San Francisco and around the world.
Nguyen was named as a semi-finalist of the 2022 James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Northwest.
A third Portlander, Eater Portland Editor Brooke Jackson Glidden, won for her writing.